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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Energy
Chapter 130. Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations

4VAC25-130-702.11. Application requirements and procedures.

(a)(1) Any person who plans to commence or continue coal extraction after the effective date of this Part, in reliance on the incidental mining exemption shall file a complete application for exemption with the division for each mining area.

(2) A person may not commence coal extraction based upon the exemption until the division approves such application, except as provided in Paragraph (e)(3) of this section.

(b) Existing operations. Any person who has commenced coal extraction at a mining area in reliance upon the incidental mining exemption prior to the effective date of the incidental mining provisions in this chapter may continue mining operations for 60 days after such effective date. Coal extraction may not continue after such 60-day period unless that person files an administratively complete application for exemption with the division. If an administratively complete application is filed within 60 days, the person may continue extracting coal in reliance on the exemption beyond the 60-day period until the division makes an administrative decision on such application.

(c) Additional information. The division shall notify the applicant if the application for exemption is incomplete and may at any time require submittal of additional information.

(d) Public comment period. Following publication of the newspaper notice required by 4VAC25-130-702.12(g), the division shall provide a period of no less than 30 days during which time any person having an interest which is or may be adversely affected by a decision on the application may submit written comments or objections.

(e) Exemption determination.

(1) No later than 90 days after filing of an administratively complete application, the division shall make a written determination whether, and under what conditions, the persons claiming the exemption are exempt under this Part, and shall notify the applicant and persons submitting comments on the application of the determination and the basis for the determination.

(2) The determination of exemption shall be based upon information contained in the application and any other information available to the division at that time.

(3) If the division fails to provide an applicant with the determination as specified in Paragraph (e)(1) of the section, an applicant who has not begun may commence coal extraction pending a determination on the application unless the division issues an interim finding, together with reasons therefor, that the applicant may not begin coal extraction.

(f) Administrative review.

(1) Any adversely affected person may request administrative review of a determination under Paragraph (e) of this section within 30 days of the notification of such determination in accordance with procedures established under § 45.2-1026 of the Code of Virginia.

(2) A petition for administrative review filed under § 45.2-1026 of the Code of Virginia shall not suspend the effect of a determination under Paragraph (e) of this section.

Statutory Authority

§ 45.2-103 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR480-03-19 § 702.5, eff. December 15, 1981; amended, eff. June 28, 1982; October 28, 1982; December 14, 1982; October 11, 1983; December 27, 1983; May 8, 1984; June 22, 1984; August 2, 1984; October 16, 1985; January 7, 1987; July 22, 1987; November 25, 1987; October 12, 1988; December 26, 1990; July 1, 1991; July 17, 1991; November 20, 1991; July 7, 1992; May 5, 1993; October 19, 1994; Volume 38, Issue 13, eff. March 31, 2022.

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